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Celebrating the Year of the Rat the Vegan Way

Millions of people of Chinese descent unite with their friends and family every Lunar New Year to wish each other prosperity and good health. Yet, we pig out, feasting on Chinese delicacies chock full of fat, sugar and rich cuts of meat. We reason that it’s a once-a-year occasion, and we will take our new year resolution of eating clean and exercising regularly seriously this time around. Obviously, good health isn’t something that happens because your superstitious grand-aunt wished for …

DIY Vegan Snacks to Kick Off the Year of the Rat

Hot on the tails of overindulging on Christmas and New Year, the upcoming Chinese New Year brings yet another round of feasting. Celebrated by the Chinese community worldwide, the holiday brings with it mouth-watering small bites and pastries. Favourites include pineapple tarts, mini prawn rolls, almond cookies and other types of calorific treats. Unfortunately, most of these snacks are high in fat, cholesterol and sugar. The buttery pineapple tart contains 93 calories, 6.2 grams of sugar and 2.3 grams of …

How to Enjoy Christmas as a Vegan

When it comes to food, most of us probably associate Christmas with turkey, roast beef, glazed ham and creamy yuletide log cakes. While they are often responsible for much of that notorious festive season weight gain, these dishes are also typically the highlight of Christmas dinner – some might say the highlight of Christmas, period. Skipping them during the holiday would seem to be a cardinal sin. So how do vegans get through Christmas, then? Surely it’s the most vegan-unfriendly …

Healthy Hemp Hearts – Without a High

Looking for a new, offbeat vegan ingredient to experiment with, or to act as a conversation starter? Well, look no further than hemp hearts or hemp seeds. Often associated with the marijuana plant, they are now finding their way into vegan recipes as a rich source of protein and fibre. Hemp hearts are the edible interior of the seed from the hemp plant. The white, soft things you buy at the shop are actually the “heart” rather than the seed – that …

Cacao Nibs: A Better Way to Enjoy Chocolate?

Most of us have a love-hate relationship with chocolate: love the taste, hate our inability to consume it in healthy quantities. But go back a step in the chocolate-making process and you’ll find something that’s much healthier: cacao nibs. Cacao nibs are fast gaining popularity with health experts and vegan cooks, who tout them as a healthy (and crunchy) alternative to chocolate or cocoa in both savoury and sweet dishes. But first, a little about where cacao nibs come from. …

The Air-Fryer – Healthy or Just “Healthier”?

If you’ve never heard of the air fryer, you may not have realised you’ve been missing out on the must-have appliance of 2019. These high-tech cooking machines fry food to a crispy golden brown by swirling hot air around it rather than dousing it in hot oil. Oil is still involved – you coat the food with it – but the oil itself isn’t what’s cooking the food. You can fry up basically anything that you would normally plop into …